Smith, Marlene Elaine (Holmes)


Marlene Elaine Holmes was born on November 15, 1929, in Plainview, Nebraska, to proud parents Otho and Myrtle Holmes and big sister Bonnie. She was a spunky little girl with bright blond curls. One day when she was especially naughty her mother asked her if she wouldn’t rather be a good little girl and go to heaven. Marlene’s innocent reply was: “No! I want to stay here and play with Eddie Hagedorn (her best friend from across the street).”
Church always held a prominent place in Marlene’s life. While attending a children’s meeting at the Friends Church at the age of 5, Marlene accepted Christ as her personal Savior. When she was 14, handsome Ralph Smith caught her eye at church one Sunday night and romance bloomed. They were married on March 19, 1949, at Grace Bible Church in Creighton, Nebraska. It didn’t take long for the family of two to become four with the arrival of daughter Beth in 1950 and son Jere in 1953.
For 40 years Ralph and Marlene served their Lord together in many capacities including helping to plant and build the Victory Road Evangelical Free Church in Norfolk, Nebraska.
Marlene was a seamstress, a cake decorator, did embroidery and oil painting. She was especially gifted at constructing intricate table decorations for missions conferences and women’s events. She could plan a great church social: choose the theme, make the decorations, prepare the food, conduct hilarious games then serve the food, and still have enough energy to clean up afterwards. She hand-made and hand-printed name tags for Christian Women’s Club for 14 years.
She has lived in Lincoln for 23 years and was a faithful member of Lincoln Berean. To her great delight even her close friends often confused her with her big sister Bonnie or assumed they were twins.
In recent years Marlene’s most earnest prayer has been to see all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in heaven someday.
She was preceded in death by her husband Ralph, son Jere, her parents and brother-in-law Vernon Smith. Marlene is survived by her daughter Beth Bishop and husband Randy, daughter-in-law Darlene Smith, grandchildren Phil Bishop, Angela Wallace, Theresa Fritz, Chelsea Kunce and their spouses, great-grandchildren Isaac, Eli, Carter, Paxton and Eliana, sister Bonnie, nieces and nephews and many dear friends.
A Celebration of Marlene’s life will be 10:30 AM on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the Lincoln Berean Church. Pastor Kyle Helmick will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Columbus Cemetery. At the request of the Smith family, there will be no viewing/visitation. Marlene’s wishes were for cremation. Memorials are suggested to the church.

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